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pull a prank (on someone)

To carry out a trick, deception, or practical joke (against someone). It turns out that the supposed alien visitors that people had been seeing were just a bunch of teenagers pulling a prank on the town. I've got a great plan to pull a prank on the school for April Fools' Day. The fake article had been in print in the renowned scientific journal for more than a week before its author revealed that he had pulled a prank when he decided to submit it.
See also: prank, pull

play a trick on someone

 and play a prank on someone
to do a trick that affects someone. Somebody played a trick on me by hiding my shoes. The little boys planned to play a trick on their teacher by turning up the heat in the classroom.
See also: on, play, trick
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When Andre got home, he found out that not only does his family not want to participate in upholding the tradition of pranking each other, they also didn't want to wear costumes.
FunChat also features a mobile pranking engine that allows users to push audio pranks to smartphones even if the phone is in standby mode.
Additionally, 18% of Americans affirm that they have a family tradition of pranking one another on April Fool's Day.
As for parents, it's pretty much a coin toss as to whether they're considered potential targets, as 47% of Americans are open to pranking them, while 53% believe they're off-limits.
New and Improved Fart-O-Gram Website + Phone Pranking Service Resurrects The Spirit Of The Classic Whoopee Cushion Just In Time For April 1st
While it's recommended that senders enter their own number to ensure the target picks up, Fart O Grams can also be sent anonymously; phone farts can even emanate from another's number to ramp up the pranking potential.
FunMobility Launches World's First Cross-Platform App Combining Chat, Multiplayer HTML5 Gaming, Pranking and Virtual Goods in One Application
The tension between the two began six years ago when Sal began pranking Gary from his office in New York City.